Cyberattack targets town of Colonie computer system

WNYT Staff
Updated: January 17, 2020 05:03 PM
Created: January 17, 2020 12:12 PM

The town of Colonie is the latest victim of a cyberattack.

In the last year, we have seen three significant cyberattacks in the Capital Region.


Just last month, Albany International Airport was hit by a cyber-attack. They paid ransom in bitcoin and say no one's personal information was in danger.

A spokesperson for the town sent NewsChannel 13 a statement via text, as some of their mail capabilities were affected by this attack.

"We have an integrated team of experts working on the problem. All of our essential services are functioning, and there is no indication that any personal data has been compromised. We need to give our team the chance to complete their investigation. We will update everyone when the investigation is complete."

NewsChannel 13 is told Colonie police were also affected by this ransomware attack. In fact, they say they investigated a case Thursday the "old fashioned way" as they did not have use of their computers.

Colonie Police Lieutenant Bob Winn says the 911 dispatch system is up and running. There is no effect to public safety. All calls are being responded to by police.

At this point, it's unclear what other departments might have been affected or if town officials are anticipating any long-term issues as a result of this ransomware attack.

The town spokesperson says they're hoping to have the systems restored by next week.

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